With an annual economic impact of more than $27 billion, the automotive sector is now an integral part of the state's economy. As a result, a wide range of companies that support all aspects of automotive manufacturing—assemblers, parts suppliers and raw material producers—are based here.
It all started in 1994, when the first South Carolina-made BMW rolled off of the assembly line at the company's Upstate manufacturing facility. More than two decades later, the Palmetto State has become a leader in automotive manufacturing. South Carolina currently leads the US in the export of completed passenger vehicles. Moreover, the state also ranks first in both the production and export of tires, accounting for nearly one-third of the US market share.
Why is SC Just Right for Automotive?
Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans
"The region has very highly skilled workers, a dense network of reliable suppliers and an outstanding logistics infrastructure that includes good transport connections to the nearby harbor.”